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Burning the Koran… Almost a good idea.

01 Aug

Op-Ed by the Truthinator:

A Florida church is planning a “burn the Koran day” for September 11 of this year. The article dealing with their plans is copied below. I put this into the “almost a good idea” category. Why? I see it like this: Christians must stand up and tell the truth. We are exhorted and commanded by scripture to do this. Islam is indeed a false religion and the devil is behind it. I commend the church for taking a stand for truth.

Now for the bad news. I think having a book burning is always a bad idea in modern times since the fire is what gets the attention and the reason for the fire usually gets left out.  I would say this well-meaning church could have thought of at least five or six better ways to speak out against the rising tide of Muslim-sympathetic coverage by the US news media, by politicians, and by ecumenically-minded “evangelical preachers/authors”.

I encourage us all to stand for the truth. I also remind us all that standing for the truth is rarely popular or convenient. When we stand, be careful to stand and not pontificate. The former will cause people to take notice even though they may not agree. The latter simply adds fuel to the fire that the enemy has designed to engulf us.

Florida church plans to burn Quran on 9/11 anniversary

AFP, Aug 1, 2010, 12.21am IST

 
MIAMI: A Florida church said it plans to publicly burn copies of the Quran on the ninth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, prompting threats from Islamic groups and warnings the move will trigger a rise in hate crimes.

The Dove World Outreach Center of Gainesville, Florida said on its Facebook page it will hold an “International Burn a Koran Day” on September 11, asking other religious groups to join in standing “against the evil of Islam. Islam is of the devil!”

“Islam and Sharia law was responsible for 9/11,” pastor Terry Jones said. “We will burn Qurans because we think it’s time for Christians, for churches, for politicians to stand up and say no; Islam and Sharia law is not welcome in the US,” the organizer of the burning action added.

Reactions to the Koran burning announcement were swift. Members of the Al-Falluja jihadist forum have threatened to “spill rivers of your (American) blood” and “a war the likes of which you have never seen before”.

Mainstream Muslim groups also denounced the move and lamented the sentiments promoted by the Gainesville church.

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Posted by on August 1, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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2 responses to “Burning the Koran… Almost a good idea.

  1. Sam Hindu

    September 7, 2010 at 8:29 pm

     
    • Truthinator

      September 8, 2010 at 7:52 am

      Thanks for weighing in, Sam. I am not against burning this work of the devil either. I just do not feel that public burnings are effective due to the spectacle of a public book burning. The attention is on the fire not the purpose.

      Islam is a false religion. There is no room in God’s kingdom for other religions. Jesus Christ (the Son of God slain for our sin and risen & eternally seated at the Father’s right hand) is the exclusive path to salvation. Many do not like hearing this but it is the truth.

       

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